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Organizing for a Cause and ADD


Have you ever known that you need to do something, but just can't get organized to do it? Do you think that I could attribute my lack of organization to Attention Deficit Disorder? Last month our avian vet's bird rescue, Burge Bird Rescue, competed in a contest to win money to expand her bird rescue service. I am sad to say that I couldn't get it together to help or to even vote. She lost by a few votes, but she is trying again this month. This made me see that I needed to be more organized this month, so that I could help. Here is how I organized to help a good cause.

These are the steps that I took. I also included information on my real-life project. I hope that you can help me bring it to a successful completion. I chose to use this real-life example for two reasons. First, I love to have examples when I am learning a skill. Examples help me understand the why and the how of an exercise. Second, I am asking you personally to help in this worthy endeavor.

1.Identify your resources. Where might you find help?

People with ADD are creative and have strong internal resources. I am a caring person, and I don’t mind asking people for help. Writing gives me a great deal of pleasure. I have weekly viewers who are active in the real world. These people, some of whom have ADD, might be willing to use a bit of their time to help with this project.


2. Think of why you want to help. Let people know why you care. What information do you know that you need to share with others? Write your information in an easy-to-read style. Give details.

Our avian vet, Dr. Julie Burge, has a bird rescue that is terribly underfunded. It mainly runs on love, a donation jar on the counter, and money from bird related items that she sells on E-Bay. Our family saves our birds’ molted feathers for her. She packages them and sells them to hobbyists on E-Bay. Right now, Dr. Julie Burge is involved in a Pepsi challenge to win $25,000 to expand the Burge Bird Rescue.

This woman is a wonderful doctor. In addition to traditional office calls, she provides emergency services, and in-home services. During disasters, she is called on to leave her practice in the capable hands of her bird nurse, also named Julie, and go to help both feathered and furred animals. She helped in the Katrina disaster and most recently after the tornado in Joplin, Mo. Her passion is her bird rescue and saving the lives of as many birds as she can.

We adopted one of our beloved birds through her bird rescue. Bella Pickles was a little biter lovebird that nobody wanted. Dr. Julie gave her a chance. She rescues birds that people give up, through death, adverse economic situations, or that they no longer want. Dr. Julie finds them “forever homes.” Birds are given medical care and kept until they have homes.



3. After you’ve given background information, you need to let your audience know what you are planning to do. More importantly, you need to let them know what you are asking them to do. Be specific. If there is something in particular that you are asking them to do, give detailed and specific instructions. You don’t want people to be wondering, “What does she want me to do? How do I do that? Whaaaat?”

I would love to help Dr. Julie’s Burge Bird Rescue win this money. With expanded facilities, she could save even more birds! I'm voting every day, but I think that I can do more! I can ask you to personally help in this effort.

If you want to help improve facilities for this deserving bird rescue, please use this link to vote in this Pepsi challenge. You may vote once online each day in July. Voting ends July 31, 2011. There is no money involved in voting. Pepsi rules state that only votes from inside the United States will be counted.

Help Burge Bird Rescue-Give us a Vote-Click Here


You may also text a vote in. This gives you a second vote each day. Send the text to PEPSI (73774) This is the text message-107464.


Many times, through life's negative experiences, a person with ADD can feel like he or she might not be able to have much of an effect. So often we feel like, “With ADD, what could I organize? I’m only one person, what does my vote matter?” We can be organized and use our combined resources; by working together, we can have a powerful impact! We can vote to help this deserving bird rescue win a Pepsi Grant and expand its facilities. Then, other people might have an opportunity to rescue a wonderful companion bird, like the one our family adopted from Burge Bird Rescue.

Burge Bird Rescue has a website where you can learn more about them. On the left side of the homepage, you can click “Birds Available” and see the good work that they do. As you scroll down, look for the “Recently Successfully Adopted” birds. The cute first bird on the left, that little green and red lovebird sitting on her rope perch by the yellow mirror, is our Bella Pickles. We thank Dr. Julie and Nurse Julie for saving her for our family. Bella is a delight!

If you want to learn more about the Burge Bird Rescue, use this link:

Burge Bird Rescue
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